K-State Students Replicate Hurricane Sandy's Damage

By: Lindsey Rogers Email
By: Lindsey Rogers Email

MANHATTAN, Kan. (WIBW) -- Engineering students at Kansas State University put their skills to the test for a unique project that simulated the damage caused by Hurricane Sandy.

Seniors in a hydraulic engineering class demonstrated models they created to replicate beach erosion caused by the devastating hurricane- one of the costliest in U.S. history. The demonstrations were done Friday in Seaton Hall.

The projects were meant to show the impact Sandy made on beaches when it made landfall on the East Coast last fall.

"Every semester in hydraulic engineering, we look at a different natural phenomena that has some kind of hydraulic water aspect and basically we’re preparing the students here at K-State to be able to do design work in the real world. They looked at the basic equations. They came up with an apparatus to look at beach erosion and they all did a nice job with it," said David Steward, Civil Engineering Professor.

This was not the first time that Steward has used current events to inspire projects with his hydraulic engineering class. Previous projects included a model of the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico and a wave tank that simulates tsunamis.

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